North Augusta, SC (WJBF) -- One of the area's most successful high school football coaches is heading to one of South Carolina's most successful programs. Greenwood High School announced Dan Pippin as their new head coach and athletic director Monday night at a school board meeting. Pippin leaves the same two jobs at North Augusta.
WJBF Sports spoke to coach Pippin on the phone Monday night shortly after the announcement of his hiring in Greenwood. He calls the decision to leave North Augusta "easily the toughest decision I've had to make professionally in my entire life," and he says he'll miss the kids at North Augusta the most. But he says he couldn't pass up the opportunity to take what is in his opinion is "the best job in the state."
In 8 seasons as North Augusta's head football coach, Pippin led the Yellow Jackets to 7 playoff appearances and 3 trips to the 4-A state semifinals. He takes over a Greenwood program that's had even more success over the years. The Eagles have won 4 state championships in the last 15 years including 2012 when they knocked out North Augusta in the quarterfinals en route to the title. Pippin replaces Gene Cathcart who left Greenwood to coach at Seneca High School.
Pippin just coached Team South Carolina in the first ever WJBF Border Bowl last month.